Nuclear Security

Two senior managers at nuclear plants operated by EDF Energy had their passwords listed on Russian hacking sites. The passwords – ‘Nuclear1’ and ‘Radiat10n’ – are thought to have been used on the business site LinkedIn. They were being traded by hackers who had easily guessed the letters and numbers.

Daily Mail 24th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 25 June 2017

Nuclear Security

Insecure passwords used by managers at nuclear power plants have been found in two lists of stolen credentials that were traded on Russian hacking sites. Employees of EDF Energy, which operates the UK’s 15 civil nuclear reactors, used the passwords “Nuclear1” and “Rad1at10n”, most likely to sign up to the business networking site LinkedIn. Both had held senior positions at nuclear plants. The passwords are insecure because they are based on easily guessable words relating directly to the employees’ jobs. Hackers are able to quickly try all possible variations of a word during an attack, such as substituting “1” for “i”.

Times 24th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 24 June 2017

Three Mile Island

Penn State College of Medicine researchers have shown, for the first time, a possible correlation between the partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station and thyroid cancers in the counties surrounding the plant.

Penn State Health 31st May 2017 read more »

Posted: 21 June 2017

Sizewell

The first spent nuclear fuel has been placed in Sizewell B’s new dry fuel store, marking a milestone in a programme which enables the continued safe operation of the Suffolk power station. Successful operation of the new dry fuel store means Sizewell B can be refuelled as scheduled this November. It can now continue to produce reliable low carbon electricity to supply 2.6 million homes until at least 2035 and potentially for a further 20 years, subject to life extension.

EDF Energy 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017

ESPOO & Aarhus

Applying Aarhus and Espoo Conventions in nuclear decision‐making. Application of the Espoo Convention to nuclear energy‐related activities 13 June 2017, Minsk.

UN 13th June 2017 read more »

Nuclear Life Time Extensions and Public Participation – presentation by Jan Haverkamp.

UN 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017

Radhealth

Illegal levels of radioactive material have been detected on the North Sea Producer vessel, which was to be scrapped on a beach in Bangladesh, a news report said. Work to dismantle the North Sea Producer started in October, but the process was halted.

Energy Voice 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 15 June 2017

Uranium

Areva / Niger: three years after the renegotiations, a partnership still unbalanced.

Publish What you Pay 7th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 15 June 2017

Nuclear Security

Low Enriched Uranium Bank (LEU Bank), being established in Kazakhstan under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was a primary topic at the June 8-10 high-level nuclear security and nonproliferation conference in Oslo, Norway. “This will serve as a last-resort mechanism to provide confidence to countries that they will be able to obtain LEU for the manufacture of fuel for nuclear power plants in the event of an unforeseen, non-commercial disruption to their supplies. As you can imagine, this is a very complex project. I am grateful to the Government of Kazakhstan for hosting the LEU Bank,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told a conference panel.

Astana Times 13th June 2017 read more »

World Nuclear News 13th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 14 June 2017

Spain

[Machine Translation] Madrid has hosted the demonstration against nuclear energy, aimed at claiming the non-renewal of nuclear permits. The march has left this Saturday at six in the afternoon from Atocha to cross the center of Madrid to the Plaza de Legazpi. With this measure, the environmental movement seeks to gradually dismantle the Garoña power plant, as well as the closure of Almaraz, Vandellós, Cofrents, Ascó and Trillo, and the abandonment of the Cuenca nuclear cemetery projects, the uranium mine in Salamanca and the extension of Cabril.

Eldiario 10th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 12 June 2017

Japan

Japan’s push to establish a nuclear fuel recycling program and use the plutonium created in the process was the center of an intense debate in the U.S. government four decades ago, pitting those who wanted smooth relations with Tokyo against those who worried the plan might lead to the proliferation of sensitive nuclear technology and plutonium stockpiles.

Japan Times 9th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 12 June 2017